CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported nearly 200 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

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Hello! My name is Kim Fernandes and I am a joint PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (Graduate School of Education) and Anthropology (School of Arts and Sciences). I am a rising 5th year and will begin writing the first chapter of my dissertation, which is supported by summer funding from CASI. My […]

I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Demography in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn. I was excited to receive a 2021 Summer Research Grant from CASI to support my dissertation project. This is my final year at Penn as I plan to graduate in May 2022. Last summer I received support […]

My name is Michael Goerlitz, and I’m one of the research assistants working through PURM this summer on the Unstable Archives project with Professor Megan Robb. For the past few weeks, I have been contributing to the digitizing of the archives of a Persianate India woman named Elizabeth or Sharaf un-Nisa, who had left India […]

Let me start off by wishing everyone a happy new year! 2020 was a sad and difficult year for many, and I hope that the new year will bring some semblance of normalcy. As I shared in my first post, I am currently in my second and final year of coursework. Fall 2020 was also […]

The 2020 American presidential election is one of the most historic and dramatic the country has seen. The end of voting on November 3 marked the culmination of three concurrent crises: a jobs crisis brought about by a collapsing economy, a healthcare crisis thrown into light by the pandemic, and the problem of racism and […]

This is my final report on my summer research project, previously described here and here. — A striking feature of the literature of the ‘Indo-Anglian’ period is the proliferation of memoirs and autobiographical narratives that engage in what we would today call auto-ethnography. In libraries of the better sort, these memoirs can take up entire […]

English! Six-armed God, Key to a job, to power, Snobbery, the good life, This separateness, this fear — from “Diwali”, by Vikram Seth In my previous post for the CASI Student Programs blog, I provided a brief outline of my research plan for the summer of 2020. Thanks to generous support from CASI, I’m happy […]